The Children’s Gathering on the Square is a partnership between the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma Street. Programs meet in rooms at the back of St. Peter’s Parish Hall.
Classes and Activities
For children in pre-school through grade 4:
The Godly Play* program is appropriate for children who are curious about bible stories they hear in church. It meets weekly in “The Loft” from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings.
Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.
February 2: The Story of St. Elizabeth
St. Elizabeth of Portugal was herself peaceful and made peace for God. Born around 1271 in Spain to a royal European family. At age 12, she married Dennis, the King of Portugal. Elizabeth did many good works, she cared for the poor and sick. Her most unique work was to plant pine trees all along the beaches in Portugal to keep the sand from blowing away. She bravely rode her donkey between two warring armies and brought peace to her kingdom.
February 9: The Story of St. Valentine
We celebrate the life of St. Valentine who loved for God. Valentine was executed on February 14, 270. The practice of sending love messages on February 14 originated in part from the story of Valentines’ note to the jailer’s blind daughter. This day celebrates love and commemorates Valentines life.
February 16: The Story of Queen Emma
Queen Emma (Young-Rooke) and her husband King Kamahamaha IV (Alexander Lilholiho) have been recognized by the Episcopal church as having lived extraordinarily lives. The King and Queen were tireless in their efforts on behalf of the Hawaiian people. Queen Emma lost her only child when he was about 3 years old and the King died a short while later. Broken-hearted, Queen Emma continued her efforts to help the Hawaiian people until her death some years later. The King and Queen Emma are credited with the creation of the hospital that would become “Queens Hospital,” ... More…
January 5: Three Kings Party, “A celebration of 3’s”
This Sunday is the day before Epiphany, last year we had a “Star Party” with the entire congregation. This year we will have a celebration of “3’s” beginning with a special nod to the three Magi.
January 12: Baby Jesus is Presented in the Temple.
This is the time of the year we celebrate the mystery that God came to us in Jesus the Christ, the light of the whole world. Today we remember that the baby Jesus was presented in the Temple and is recognized by the prophets Anna and Simeon. They pronounce that this child is the “one we have been waiting for.”
January 19: Baptism
Today we hear the Story of Baptism. In our Episcopal tradition, Holy Baptism means full initiation, by water and the Holy Spirit, into the Church. It is like a gateway of sorts. We baptize people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We use three white overlapping circles as a way to understand the Trinity. We ask the children to remember the day of or look forward to the day of their baptism. As we light candles from the Christ candle, our names are spoken. You may wish to ask your child “How does the Light change?” today.“Where does that Light go?” You may be amazed at what they have to say…
January 26: The Parable of the Good ... More…
December 1: The Prophets
December 8: The Holy Family
Before our second Advent story, we light the second blue candle, and remember Mary and Joseph and their long and uncomfortable trip to Bethlehem when Mary was heavy with a baby inside. They must have been the last people to arrive in Bethlehem that night!
December 15: The Shepherds
We prepare for the third story of Advent by lighting two blue candles and a rose colored candle. The rose color is one of the colors we use to remember Jesus’ mother, Mary. But we also light the rose candle for this week to add a little joy to this dark time of Advent patience and pondering. We recall the angels announcement to the shepherds that night. “Get up and hurry to Bethlehem, for ... More…